Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Running the Numbers Exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston

I was recently notified of a temporary exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science that paints a picture to help us understand better the cumulative impact of the small actions of billions of people. Called Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption, the exhibit comprises the works of photographer Chris Jordan. An example of the photographer's work is "Cans Seurat," based on Georges Seurat's pointillism masterpiece "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"; however, Jordan's piece is composed of thousands of aluminum cans (106,000 to be exact), rather than dots.

This exhibit raises questions regarding the combined impacts of large groups of people: all the more reason to practice Leave No Trace! For those of you not in the Boston area, feel free to visit the Museum of Science's website for more information and pictures:

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